A Country in Crisis and a Government of Shame

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What a mess and a laughing stock our country has become. It’s tragic. We have to find a way out of this and stop the childish fighting. Now the country is divided in blame like two rival supporters of a … Continue reading

Dialogue with an Anti-Corbyn Labour supporter

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(Published now, rather than when it was written because it lost relevance when…  given the convenient coincidence of Article 50 and two tricky by-elections…. a second coup looked all too likely.  This threat has fizzled out for the moment, although another … Continue reading

Is Momentum a mob? No – this is what democracy looks like

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Jeremy Gilbert 18 July 2016 Previously published here  A few unpleasant incidents are being highlighted to undermine a huge, peaceful, democratic movement. Democracy is never easy. When people come together to try to change things, to challenge established forms of power, … Continue reading

Who is Charlie?  Not #Tories!  Scrapping our Human Rights? No Way!

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Who is Charlie? Less than a year ago there was a global outcry, about awful scenes in Paris leading to murders. The victims were expressing their right to free speech through the tool of cartoons. All through history  music, poetry, … Continue reading

Michael Parenti – Lies, War, and Empire (2007)

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aMichael Parenti – Lies, War, and Empire (2007) The superb Michael Parenti at Antioch University in Seattle – as relevant in 2014 as in 2007. Lecture 1 hour then Q&A.

Policy Making through a Public Prism

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Policy Making through a Public Prism  By Tony Stoller In this lecture, Tony Stoller, Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, considers the relationship between popular discourse and policy-making. Drawing upon recent examples from a … Continue reading

Straight-Talking Labour

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STRAIGHT-TALKING LABOUR That’s what we need, Ed “Labour should say what they mean, and mean what they say. ” These are words of Tony Benn. A return to honesty in politics was something promised at the last election, that among … Continue reading